The winless Los Angeles Chargers head all the way to the Big Apple to take on another winless team, the New York Giants.
The Los Angeles Chargers are having too familiar of losses this season. Bad luck, misfortune and close losses are all familiar trends for the Chargers and their fans. However, this is the first time since 2003 that the Chargers are heading into week five without a win. While it has been bad before, it has been a long time since it has been this bad for the Chargers.
The sad part? Los Angeles seemingly doesn’t even care either. Every home game is seemingly a road game. Every Los Angeles fan that does care about football, well, they are flocking to the Rams. Heck, there are more Raider and Cowboy fans in LA than there is Charger fans.
However, the team isn’t doing terrible. In week one a blocked kick prevented LA of going to OT against the very talented Denver Broncos. With all the momentum on their side, a victory there was plausible.
Week two was a missed kick from former kicker Younghoe Koo. If he would have nailed it, the Chargers would have defeated the Dolphins 20-19. Los Angeles got outmatched against Kansas City, but were in it the whole game.
Finally, the Chargers lost to the Eagles by two after the defense failed to give the offense one last look after the Eagles took over possession with 6:44 left on the clock. It has been rough for the Chargers, and their limited amount of fans, this year.
In week five though the Bolts face another winless team in the New York Giants and have a great chance in bringing home a victory. With a solid defense and a passing target such as Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants are favorites heading into this matchup.
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However, what the Giants will fail to capitalize on is the Chargers terrible run defense. Opposing teams have been running all over the Chargers, with the Eagles rushing for 214 yards last week. Luckily for the Chargers, the Giants do not have the same kind of rushing attack.
New York ranks second to last in rushing yards per game, only averaged 59.2 per contest. The team only has one rushing touchdown this season, and averages the third-worst 3.2 yards per carry. With Paul Perkins out as well, the Giants will struggle to get anything going.
As long as Joey Bosa and company can get pressure to Eli Manning that the defense will be just fine. Manning is prone to meltdown with pressure and if the Chargers bring the blitz than Manning will struggle all day. A lack of a running game will allow the Chargers to go all in on putting pressure on Manning.
If Jason Verrett was playing, this win would be a sure-fire thing as he would lock down Beckham. However, like many of his teammates, he is out with injury. If the offense can do what they are doing, the Chargers should be able to take a lead early and hopefully run with it.
This game is an interesting game for the Bolts. With the third hardest schedule in the league, week five presents an unusual realistic opportunity for Los Angeles to bring home a victory.